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Old September 27th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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Front Diff Housing?

I'm lookin' for the front differential housing for 97 NAS Defender, just the housing, no pumpkin. Anything out there?
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Old September 27th, 2010, 06:19 PM
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Do you mean the front axle housing/tube or the third member sans differential?
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Old September 27th, 2010, 06:23 PM
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Thank you, I'm in over my head. Front axle housing/tube is what I'm looking for. LR no longer makes them and I've either got to weld her or replace her.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 06:27 PM
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Those were uber $$ when they were available. I tore a shock mount on the rear of my disco's axle housing and LR wouldnt cover it under warranty and the dealer wanted some silly amount like $3K to change the housing out. Does anyone know if a D1 or RR Classic housing will work? Or on a long shot, find someone parting a burnt truck and see if you can get that.

------ Follow up post added September 27th, 2010 05:29 PM ------

Mark, I just noticed you are in Austin... if you arent doing anything, come out to the Texas Rovers club meeting tomorrow night and the gang will be glad to talk to you more about it.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 06:31 PM
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That's what I'm hoping to find. It's not super bad but a crack is a crack. (don't go there). If it turns out to be $$, the option would be to pull out the guts and weld it.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 06:47 PM
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any DI front housing should work. Unless I am wrong, then it won't.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 07:09 PM
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Any DI or RRC housing will work. they are all the same. pull one from a junk yard or ebay or craigslist. sand it down, paint it up = new!
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Old September 27th, 2010, 07:15 PM
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Awesome, thanks. That broadens my options for parters.
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Old September 28th, 2010, 03:44 AM
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Any DI or RRC housing will work. they are all the same. pull one from a junk yard or ebay or craigslist. sand it down, paint it up = new!

93-95 RRC front axle housing is different, due to relocation of front shocks on the factory air suspension setup. It would work, just has an extra lower shock mount on it.
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Old September 28th, 2010, 02:10 PM
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The only ones to avoid are the 87-90ish RRC without antiroll bars and the 93 110 for the same reason. Any D1 or RRC housing will work and, as noted, there are additional shock mounts on a RRC with air suspension (93-95) and if they don't have coils on already, you will need the spring cups.

If you don't car about anti-roll bars, I have a couple housings, but I would just pull one out of a disco I in a junkyard.
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Old September 28th, 2010, 03:43 PM
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Unless it is completely grenaded, just pull the diff, engage CDL to drive in 2WD and have someone weld that crack up. Way way easier and cheaper than buying an axle housing and swapping.
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Old September 28th, 2010, 04:28 PM
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I have an extra one... its assembled, so id have to empty it...
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Old September 28th, 2010, 05:02 PM
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Let's see a picture of this crack - then we can tell you if welding is going to be a good idea. Most likely it is your best bet (Do as John says) but lets see the crack to be sure.
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:04 AM
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It's the smile shaped hairline in the black area of this fuzzy photo. I'm liking John's plan. ADDED: For some reason this photo uploaded upside down.
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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I can't see the crack but based on the location you should be able to get that welded up pretty cheap. But might be a good time to consider getting a sewer cap welded on at the same time based on those scrapes.
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:46 AM
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I don't think the sewer cap will work... this is the same thing I was mentioning... the cap will only cover the pumpkin... this is bellow that. or am I missing something....

BTW I got the Equipe diff guard back...
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:50 AM
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Is this the crack??? I don't think the cap can protect that area.
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:55 AM
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If you are arguing that a sewer cap doesn't protect the bottom of the diff, I can't disagree (although I'd like to think it makes it more rigid in general). I personally don't think in general the housing needs more protection on the bottom, although Mark is clearly banging on his pretty good.

Regarding diff protection I suggest you do whatever makes YOU feel comfortable. But unless you go wheeling, you are just making hot air. Broken record I know...

BTW, you are neither a kid, or cool
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Old September 29th, 2010, 12:14 PM
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Old September 29th, 2010, 05:01 PM
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Pedro, that is the crack but the photo is upside down. It's the light colored hairline on the dark colored background, area just below the housing cap that faces forward. It's actually in pretty good shape considering that a BMW 5 series went under there. Going to the welder tomorrow. Thank you guys for the help, this saved me a bundle.
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